Memoir of the Northern Kingdom
is a fascinating essay positing a breakup of the United States in the early decades of the 19th century. It purports to have been written in 1872 and published in 1901; in reality it was published in the fall of 1808.Other Versions
. Transcriptions of the Memoir
are available. A rich-text version (preserving line breaks) can be downloaded here
; a PDF file is available here
. An transcription of the Memoir
with editorial annotations by Ed White was published in Journal of the Early Republic
30:2 (Summer 2010), to accompany White's article in the same issue, "The Ends of Republicanism."More on the Memoir.
William Jenks (1778-1866), Congregational minister, literature professor, and polymathic scholar, composed this essay in opposition to Jefferson's diplomatic and commercial policies.
For background on Jenks, and on the composition and reception of the Memoir
, please see Jeremy Dibbell, "If only MHS had 'survived the troubles of civil war'". The Beehive [Massachusetts Historical Society blog], 22 December 2010. http://masshist.org/blog/454